Medical schools want to enroll bright, empathetic, communicative people.
This means admissions committees care about more than just your MCAT score; they want to know who you are and why you're passionate about becoming a doctor. Your personal statement is the first opportunity you have to tell a medical school about yourself in your own words.
Your medical school personal statement is a component of your application submitted to AMCAS or AACOMAS. They don't provide a prompt, but they do offer topics to consider. Many approaches are acceptable: You could write about an experience that challenged or changed your perspective about medicine, a relationship with a mentor or another inspiring individual, a challenging personal experience, an overview of your academic or life story, or an insight into the nature of medical practice.
You'll write an additional essay (or two) when you submit secondary applications to individual schools. These essays require you to respond to a specific question. Admissions committees will review your entire application, so choose subject matter that complements your original essay .
Give yourself (and your proofreaders) the time this task truly requires. If you believe that you are more than just numbers and test scores, don't pass up this opportunity to share some genuine insight into who you are.